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Voice Recognition Update

Just wanted to comment a bit more on the Windows 7 built-in Voice Recognition application.  After spending twenty minutes or so with the “computer training” portion of the application, 3 or 4 different times, the difference in accuracy has already become quite noticeable.  Today, for the first time, I was able to dictate a fairly long paragraph with only two mistakes, both of which were easily corrected by spelling the words in question.  I was also able to dictate in a lower, more normal voice (as opposed to practically screaming into the microphone to get any response at all), and I was able to dictate at a more comfortable speed, rather than pausing after each word.   The instructions say that the more you use VR, the better your computer will get, and I’m starting to believe it.

Personally, I think this is going to be a godsend to me for whenever I have long passages to write.  And I can see that it could be very helpful for anyone with carpal tunnel issues, repetitive stress, or other injuries to the hands or arms.  You just need to be patient, and learn how to be a good computer trainer.  I, myself, am aiming for Computer Whisperer status.  My computer IS going to learn that I am Pack Leader, and will follow my every command precisely, without ever going into the Red Zone!

That’s MY story, an’ (once again) I’m stickin’ TO it!

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6 thoughts on “Voice Recognition Update

  1. I’ve started using voice recognition on my phone to send text messages … and it’s great. I was never very good at tapping all those tiny letters.


  2. I’m not sure my older iPhone has that option, but I’m going to check. If not, I’ll definitely do it when I upgrade. I purely HATE texting and when I’ve had to send full emails from the phone, it was a real pain. Good idea, SC!


  3. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman on said:

    A close friend of mine who is unable to type anymore due to a muscular/nerve problem uses Voice recognition and loves it. It is nice to see what new technology offers.


  4. It really is. Though technology can be a double-edged sword, I have to say, I’ve had mostly good, even wonderful, experiences with it. The downside (identity theft, malicious viruses, etc) are the price we have to pay, I guess, for having such miracles at our fingertips. But I still think the good outweighs the bad. So far.


  5. I am so tickled for you. I have some longer works coming up, and hope to have the same results. No more threats, huh?


  6. Thanks, Alice. Working with it is starting to be fun, though I’m not using it for serious writing yet. Still, I can see that it can be done. I have traded in dire threats for being masterfully commanding, in keeping with my new Computer Whisperer standing. I have begun to speak in my She Who Must Be Obeyed voice, and it seems to be working well.


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